Physical Disability Resource (Keevill Unit) - Speenhamland Primary School
Last updated: 08/02/2023
The unit opened in 1973 and relocated to a larger space with much improved facilities The aim of the unit is to support children in accessing the curriculum within a mainstream school. Staff at the school strive to help the children in all aspects of their learning and development, enabling them to achieve success and happiness for now and in the future.
Most children offered a place in the unit have conditions like Cerebral Palsy or conditions that affect normal muscle function. As well as mobility issues the children can have related conditions such as speech and language difficulties, and other impairments.
The Keevill unit has flexible space that can be used for a variety of activities to accommodate group and individual needs. It is routinely used for physiotherapy, small group teaching, occupational therapy, one-to-one teaching, speech and language therapy, meetings and a place where the children can come to have some time out or extra help.
The pupils given a place in the unit are expected to demonstrate cognitive ability that would be expected of any child in a mainstream school. The children are all assigned places in mainstream classes, where they will spend the majority of their time. Additional equipment and staffing is provided if required to help access the same lessons and activities as their peers. Children may be withdrawn for group or individual interventions that are planned and delivered to improve individual skills, knowledge and learning potential. Class teachers are expected to plan for Keevill children in the same way as they do for other children in their class.
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Mrs Jo Green
- Contact Position
- Teacher in Charge
- 01635 41077
- Speenhamland Primary
Where to go
- The Keevill Unit
- RG14 1NU
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- School Day is 8.30 am to 3.10 pm
- Time of day
- Age Ranges
- Other notes
What qualifications/experience do staff in the Provision have?
- Qualified Teacher B'Ed (Hons) with over 30 years of experience with 25 of those years directly involved in working with SEND children.
- Senior Support Assistant with over 25 years of experience working with children with over 15 of those directly involved in working with SEND children
- All staff undertake training to enhance skills and knowledge to improve outcomes for the children. This includes Manual Handling, Medical Training, Safeguarding and Intervention Work
What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?
Class teachers are supported by the Keevill staff and training delivered as required
The Physiotherapist, Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist provide training and support to staff in the school as required
Mainstream staff are encouraged to seek advice and support in meeting the needs of Keevill children to ensure high levels of inclusion and equal opportunities
- Has Provision
- Some children require special diets or methods of feeding. Staff work with dieticians and specialist nurses if required.
Number of Teachers: 1
Number of Support staff: 10 including a Senior Support Member
Additional staffing is arranged to meet more complex needs in agreement from the LA
- Contact Name
- Mrs J Green
- Contact Telephone
- 01635 41077
- Contact Email
Keevill Unit Local Offer
- SEN Provision Type
- Physical Disability
- Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 7
7 to 11
- Needs Level
The School is situated on a relatively flat site, including the school field. The school continues to improve facilities with electronic doors and wider doors. The school has height adjustable tables to improve provision for wheelchair users.
For pupils with hearing or visual impairments advice is sought on best environmental conditions relating to both safety and inclusion.
IT resources are continually reviewed and updated to improve access and inclusion.
The Resource caters for pupils with significant Physical Disabilities which have a significant impact on the pupil’s learning and development, and which require specialised adult support in order to access the curriculum, and for the pupil to make academic and developmental progress. The Physical Disability Resources can cater for pupils who meet the following criteria. • Meet the LA’s statutory assessment criteria for Education, Health and Care Plans with a Primary Need of Physical Disability
• Have physical and associated difficulties which affect access to the curriculum and require specialist teaching/welfare support
• Have a level of ability within the range expected in a mainstream school
• Demonstrate the ability to function within a mainstream educational setting with appropriate differentiation
• Need a substantial level of adaptations to the environment to facilitate access to the mainstream environment
• Require intensive, specialist teaching and support to achieve the outcomes identified within their EHC Plan, this includes:
• A highly personalised programme to support physical needs within a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of individual pupils
• Access to specialist teaching and support
• Access to intensive physiotherapy
• Supported inclusion in the mainstream environment
• An environment which is fully adapted for physically disabled pupils
• An environment and ethos of awareness of the needs of pupils with Physical Disabilities within the wider school, and where all staff have relevant training
Applications are made through the Local Authority when an Education, Health and Care Plan is written. Parents considering the resource as a placement and who live in West Berkshire are welcome to arrange a visit to school. Parents of pupils living in another County should contact Special Education at West Berkshire Council on 01635 42400
2019 – ‘Support for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is effective. All staff encourage pupils from this vulnerable group to do their best.’.
2015 – ‘The effectiveness of the specialist resource provision is good.’
Any complaints should be directed initially to the Teacher in Charge of the Resource, or to the Head teacher at the school. If issues remain unresolved the Service Manager for SEN and Disabled Children’s Team: SEN and DCT Service Manager, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD 01635 503646 email@example.com
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